Current Courts Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar has been selected as the new coach of the Singapore U23 team following V.Sundramoorthy resignation on Monday.
The former Singapore international stepped down from both his Singapore U23 and LionsXII coaching role, with his contract set to run out in December. Sundram is believed to be moving to Negeri Sembilan to take over the Malaysian Premier League side for the 2014 season.
Aide, a former Singapore captain, has been part of the national team coaching set-up under both Raddy Avramovic and Bernd Stange, and will lead the Singapore team at the SEA Games in December this year.
“I am honoured and humbled to be appointed as Head Coach for the Under 23 squad, and I am thankful for the vote of confidence shown by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) management," said via media release on Monday night.
"Since January, Sundram has been preparing the U23 team for the year-end SEA Games and I am pleased and encouraged by the team’s progress over the past few months. Together with Coach Bernd Stange and the rest of the capable and dedicated coaching staff, I will do my best and will strive to lead the squad to a good showing at the upcoming SEA Games in December.
"I am focussed on the task ahead and I am confident that the team will give their best and reach the final of the competition.”
Aide's appointment also received the support of the outgoing Sundram, who expressed regret at not being able to partake in the SEA Games, and added that he holds out on a return to Singapore football in the future.
“I am confident of the National Under-23 team’s abilities to achieve good results at the upcoming SEA Games," said Sundram.
"I regret that I am not able to lead the National Under-23 team at the upcoming SEA Games, but I do not dismiss the possibility of returning someday as Singapore football will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
The 2013 SEA Games commences December 11 and FAS President Zainudin Noordin has set a minimum Silver medal finish for the team.